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by Mitch
October 13th, 2015, 10:39 am
Forum: 2015 Forum posts
Topic: Roll Call- Time to Check In, Everyone
Replies: 52
Views: 10889

Re: Roll Call- Time to Check In, Everyone

I'm still here and kicking. No heart problems lately, thank goodness. Even though I don't post much I do check the forum every couple days. My main focus the last two years has been my fight with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a type of bone marrow cancer. The chemo I was on for 19 months quit work...
by Mitch
June 13th, 2015, 9:09 am
Forum: 2015 Forum posts
Topic: Looking at ICD replacement and Lead Extraction soon
Replies: 10
Views: 1903

Re: Looking at ICD replacement and Lead Extraction soon

I had my ICD replaced in late 2013 along with the extraction of the recalled Sprint Fidelis 6949 lead. (My original ICD and lead had been installed in 2006.) The procedure was performed by my EP, Dr. Martin Burke at the University of Chicago, who has done many lead extractions. He uses the laser pro...
by Mitch
March 11th, 2015, 3:24 pm
Forum: 2015 Forum posts
Topic: 24HR holter monitor
Replies: 11
Views: 1506

Re: 24HR holter monitor

To clarify a little on what a Holter Monitor does that an ICD doesn't: It records EVERY heartbeat for 24 hours, so that a cardiologist can see exactly how your heart performed during that 24 hour period. It will record every normal beat, every PVC, skipped beat, extra beat, etc. The doc then gets a ...
by Mitch
January 15th, 2015, 10:21 am
Forum: 2015 Forum posts
Topic: O/T something i learned
Replies: 10
Views: 2512

Re: O/T something i learned

I remember well what my doctor told me after I had my heart attack and double bypass back in 1989. He said that if I could walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded, I could have sex with my wife. If I could walk up TWO flights of stairs without getting winded, I could have sex with my girlf...
by Mitch
January 13th, 2015, 5:33 pm
Forum: 2015 Forum posts
Topic: Roll Call...please check in
Replies: 73
Views: 14586

Re: Roll Call...please check in

Hi, all. I'm still around and although I don't post much, I do lurk around on the site every day or two to keep up on the discussions. Have had my new Medtronic Evera XT for about 13 months now, after the battery finally went out on my first one after seven years. Nothing major has happened recently...
by Mitch
October 10th, 2014, 11:25 am
Forum: 2014 Forum Posts
Topic: Smile (Joke)
Replies: 43
Views: 23588

Re: Smile (Joke)

Don't mean to hijack the joke thread, but: Regarding the burger in the David's post, that is the "Quadruple Bypass Burger" at the Heart Attack Grill, and those four patties are 1/2 lb each, so it would be a 2 lb burger. All of their patties are 1/2 pound, and they also have Single Bypass, Double Byp...
by Mitch
June 18th, 2014, 9:36 am
Forum: 2014 Forum Posts
Topic: Cialis or Viagra?
Replies: 31
Views: 5359

Re: Cialis or Viagra?

According to the article, women prefer Cialis because they aren't under pressure to meet a "four hour window" to have sex. However, there is a downside for the man...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OWa4_Y0b5o

Mitch
by Mitch
May 17th, 2014, 10:34 am
Forum: 2014 Forum Posts
Topic: Lead extracton video... amazing.
Replies: 11
Views: 1344

Re: Lead extracton video... amazing.

I found the video VERY interesting since I went through that just six months ago.... :-)

Mitch
by Mitch
May 17th, 2014, 10:14 am
Forum: 2014 Forum Posts
Topic: new icd
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: new icd

I went through a very similar scenario last year. In May they said that I needed to have my seven year old Medtronic ICD replaced soon because the battery level was 2.64V. The Recommended Replacement Time (RRT) was 2.62V, but they said that even when it hits 2.62V I still had about three months of s...
by Mitch
May 4th, 2014, 9:47 am
Forum: 2014 Forum Posts
Topic: Question?
Replies: 9
Views: 1015

Re: Question?

Like Bob, I checked the web too and found no problems related to the Sprint 6945 lead. Also, the Medtronic website shows no "advisories" on the 6945 lead as of January 2014. Here is a link to that site, showing the history of the leads' performance: http://wwwp.medtronic.com/productperformance/model...
by Mitch
April 24th, 2014, 2:29 pm
Forum: 2014 Forum Posts
Topic: Anyone on 325 mg aspirin?
Replies: 16
Views: 2660

Re: Anyone on 325 mg aspirin?

I've been on Coumadin continuously for 25 years due to chronic Afib. After my first stent was placed, my cardiologist added Plavix to my routine for one year and at the end of that year removed the Plavix and added an 81mg aspirin. So then I was on Coumadin and an 81mg aspirin only. After my second ...
by Mitch
April 3rd, 2014, 8:53 am
Forum: 2014 Forum Posts
Topic: Question about your cardiologist/EP
Replies: 30
Views: 4048

Re: Question about your cardiologist/EP

My plumbing problems started 25 years ago, in 1989, and I've had the same cardiologist since then. Eight years ago, in 2006, he was concerned about my low EF and referred me to an EP in Chicago. The EP in Chicago was concerned about SCD for me, so he recommended and installed my ICD. Even though he'...
by Mitch
March 11th, 2014, 10:08 am
Forum: 2014 Forum Posts
Topic: It's Roll Call time! Please check in :)
Replies: 97
Views: 11191

Re: It's Roll Call time! Please check in :)

Hi all. I'm still here, although I haven't been on the site much lately. I've had a new health problem come up that is currently taking up all my time and energy. This one's not a heart issue but a blood issue. I was diagnosed in November with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), which is a type of bone ...
by Mitch
February 9th, 2014, 8:59 am
Forum: 2014 Forum Posts
Topic: Question: ICD and paddle conversion
Replies: 10
Views: 1266

Re: Question: ICD and paddle conversion

I've had two cardioversions done, one external and one internal (both unsuccessful I might add). They were both trying to repair my Afib, which I am in 100% of the time, so obviously there was no 18 hour period involved. The external one was done with paddles and was done before I received my ICD. T...
by Mitch
January 10th, 2014, 2:07 pm
Forum: 2014 Forum Posts
Topic: New Lead after 6 years
Replies: 20
Views: 3519

Re: New Lead after 6 years

Rick, I am 59 years old and just had my seven year old Fidelis 6949 lead extracted when I received my new Medtronic ICD last month. It was one of the infamous recalled leads and the conventional wisdom was that it should be replaced at the time of a new ICD placement. My EP recommended extraction of...